Transfiguration Sunday February 26, 2017 Matthew 17: 1-9

Spoiler alert:  The Son of Man may lose his life on the cross, but in the end he will return and shine as the sun.  In a sentence, that’s kind of what the Transfiguration is–a spoiler.  It lets the disciples know that even as Jesus has just predicted his death on a cross they needn’t fear, they needn’t worry, because he is unstoppable–he is, after all, the beloved Son of God.  And, because of this mountaintop vision they can hold that dazzling vision and it will give them hope in the frightening days ahead.

A Transfiguration is more than a makeover, more than a new, whiter robe and a spotlight.  It’s a change in form to something different, more essential and more spiritual. But the Jesus that went up the mountain was the same one who came down.  He didn’t change, he just got unmasked.  What the disciples saw on that mountaintop was not a different Jesus but the real Jesus.  There with Moses and Elijah he was himself, revealed to them so they would know for sure who they were traveling with and who, when the day came, they would watch die.  This is no ordinary rabbi, nor regular teacher, and, as good as he was to them, he was more than they understood.

Wouldn’t it be something remarkable to see the world that way, to see the glow of divine creation inside everything?  Poets do that, don’t they?  They look at the world and transfigure it with words, revealing the dazzle and light we missed.  Gerard Manley Hopkins, famed English poet, wrote of Jesus Christ in his poem “Pied Beauty,”

  With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

                      He fathers forth whose beauty is past change:

                                                      Praise him.



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Community Chili Cook-off Scheduled for Wednesday, February 22

The Bluffton Presbyterian Church Mission Committee is coordinating a Community Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Bluffton Community Assistance Food Pantry.  The event takes place on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium.  Individual donation is $5.00 per person which includes chili samples and beverage.

Area churches are encouraged to get involved by either providing their special chili recipes as well as serving; selling alternate options; preparing and selling desserts and/or chips; promoting the event to their congregation and friends; sharing their congregation’s musical talent by performing during the event.

All proceeds benefit the Bluffton Community Assistance Food Pantry.  A Gift Basket Drawing, to encourage food donations, will also take place.

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Back Bay Mission Opportunity

If you are interested in doing something which can change lives, Terry and Jeanette Tangeman will be leading a trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS, from March 5 to 11, 2017.  You are invited to come along.

No particular skills are needed as there are many areas where your hands and feet can do an amazing amount of good.  Interested persons must be at least 14 years of age.  The total cost is $300, not including transportation.  A $50 deposit (refundable until December 5) will hold your space.

Contact Jeanette Tangeman at 419-234-7935 or  Checks may be sent to Jeanette Tangeman at 19595 Short Line Road, Wapakoneta, OH  45895. The entire amount is due December 5.

An orientation meeting will be held prior to the end of the year.

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Food Pantry in Need of Supplies

You will notice that the food pantry shelves empty out quickly, especially after the third Saturday distribution takes place.  Out of our abundance, we need to meet the needs of others.  On a Sunday morning, open your cupboard door and pull out a can, box, jar of something and bring it in and place it on the table at the front of the sanctuary.  (Please check expiration dates before bringing in items.)  Thank you!

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Tuesday, February 21–Ladies meet at LuLu’s (9 a.m.); Walk Day at Bluffton Elementary School; TOPS, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22–Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.; NO Choir practice this week; Chili cookoff (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.)  at Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium

Sunday, February 26–Transfiguration Sunday; Consistory meets after worship

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday, November 22,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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Facebook Page

You are missing out on a super way to advertise our church if you are not sharing with many of your other Facebook friends St. John’s Facebook page.  There are many interesting articles posted every day.  “Friend” all of your friends and ask them to “Like” the St. John’s page–let’s let people know we are here, alive, and moving forward!

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St Johns Snow

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This website can now be found at!

In an effort to make this site easier for you to access, it can now be found at!  You can still find this page using the old web address, but now it will be easier to tell family and friends where they can find up-to-date news about St. John’s UCC in Bluffton, Ohio.

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